NLC girls basketball

CRANDON, Wis. – Perhaps not wanting the Patriot boys hogging the whole spotlight along U.S. 8, the Goodman-Pembine girls pulled out a thrilling 64-58 overtime victory Crandon to move into a tie with the Cardinals for first place in the Northern Lakes Conference.

Courtney Goyak poured in 30 points, and Rachel Stankevich added another 20 to pace the Patriots.

“I thought our defense was outstanding,” Patriots head coach Dennis Bilski said. “They had some great outside shooters. Crandon is a great basketball team. We played our hearts out. It was a whale of a ballgame.”

Goodman-Pembine led by as many as eight as the regulation game clocked ticked into its final two minutes, but the Cardinals sunk a couple of threes to rally back.

“We kind of regrouped in overtime,” Bilski said.

In the extra frame, Goodman-Pembine grabbed a lead and went to a game of keep away. Crandon started fouling, and several Patriots, including Marissa Moloney, Goyak and Stankevich made good at the line to secure the victory.

“They all made some big free throws,” Bilski said.

Sara Cottrell scored 30 for the Cardinals, hitting four 3-pointers in the game.

Three conference games remain for the Patriots (15-2, 10-2), but another crack at Crandon comes up right away Tuesday in Pembine.

Crandon won the JV game.

Crandon117171112 – 58

Goodman-Pembine1410121017 – 64

CRANDON: Neilitz 11, Hauser 3, Cottrell 30, Space 5, Erdmann 5, Sulaimon 4. FT: 13-18. F: 20. FO: Cottrell. 3-pt: Cottrell (4), Neilitz (3), Hauser, Erdmann.

GOODMAN-PEMBINE: Moloney 2, Cl. Goyak 8, Stepien 2, Stankevich 20, Betka 2, Co. Goyak 30. FT: 17-23. F: 20.

3-pt: Stankevich